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I submitted the following written testimony in response to the County Council’s consideration of CB 29-2009. This afternoon the Howard County Planning Board Chair David Grabowski came out against this reckless piece of legislation. Please let me know how you feel on this important issue:
I am submitting this written testimony to advocate against the passage of CB 29-2009, which, in its current state, does not have sufficient safe-guards to prevent against abuse and discordant zoning. Our town centers in many cases also serve as our community centers. If we lose the ability to harmonize these centers in accordance with the original development plan, we risk the possibility of turning community centers into strip malls and Apartment villages.
I do not understand why this Council is preparing to pass a bill that the Planning and Zoning Board was unable to approve. I also do not understand why this Council is preparing to pass a bill for which there are still a multitude of suggested amendments outstanding, with most of the original language proposed by Kimco intact despite such amendments. There is a clear and apparent bull-dozing of this legislation, which will fundamentally change Columbia and our county as we know it.
I am of the mind that our county government does not have to be pro or anti growth. Growth will occur outside of this council chamber without another bill ever passing your desk. What is important is that this council takes action when necessary to enforce responsible growth. This includes taking account of what effects zoning changes will have on the people that work and live in the surrounding community. Examples of irresponsible growth are everywhere in this state. Malls that were originally seen as a commercial boom for the area have become hot spots for violent crime. New developments become ghost towns as we enter into a glut in the housing supply. Not all of these problems could have been predicted or prevented, but the full range of possibilities should have been thoroughly examined before such risk was taken on. I don’t think the county is doing its due diligence here and I am quite sure that harm will result.
The County Council appears to be unable to come to a final conclusion on an issue that may have an effect on the daily lives of our citizens. The Council has already approved of $700,000 in the county budget set aside for speed cameras, yet some council members are quoted in the newspaper as saying that they are waiting for citizen input.
Regardless of party affiliation, I would hope that all citizens reflect on what our elected officials have done to better each of our lives. Is this bill for us, or are these speed cameras going to help politicians expand their political resume? If having speed cameras are necessary to the safety of our county, then why do the tickets issued have no long term impact on the driver? It seems clear that these cameras are nothing more than a sin tax meant to generate revenue free of political repercussions.
As I have stated before, my community is my priority. I don’t see our county government as an opportunity to make Anthony Jordan a bigger name. The values the I have learned from my Faith, parents, and the United States Air Force, have created a deep foundation of integrity in my everyday life. With that said I promise to be thorough in every decision and statement I make, and truly do what is best for the great people of Howard County.
We were blessed today with fair weather and a nice cool breeze. For the 25 or so of us that showed up for the kick-off of “Howard County Clean Sweep” this morning, we made an awesome impact! We filled well over 20 heavy duty garbage bags with everything from beer bottles to diapers (thank goodness for gloves). I was very proud to see how much people care about their community and the ability they have to make it better. Individuals from all over the county came out in full force with rakes, shovels and rested backs (we were surely going to be using them). We started around 7:30 and did not stop until just after 9:00.
This type of effort from people all across our county has the potential to save us, the tax payer, from tax costs we can lower or even eliminate. By coming to “Howard County Clean Sweep events you are making a difference in the beatification of OUR County. Please help me in spreading the word of “Howard County Clean Sweep” and let’s make a difference in the lives of our family and friends.
One of the reasons I am running for County Council is to encourage more responsible growth in our county. It concerns me that our elected officials are often guided by the silk glove of developers who show marvelous painted landscapes of new neighborhoods or commercial centers when in reality those projects are often delayed at cost to the county, impose unimaginable traffic burdens, and create a glut in housing, which drops prices and hurts the families that have lived in this county for decades. I read this article with a heavy heart. Not only has the county allowed these developers to use our county as a cash cow, but we have set county finances up in such a way that depends on the revenue from such development for general operating costs. This is not how government should run.
My comments may be interpreted to suggest I am anti-growth, but I’m not. I want to see our county succeed and grow in those areas that can be responsibly managed and overseen. More importantly, I believe we need to go back to the roots of county government, which foster the growth of small businesses whose owners live in this county and depend on a well functioning government for their day-to-day livelihood. I make a promise to your family and to mine, to prevent our schools from becoming overcrowded, our homes from becoming surplus inventory, and our roads from becoming parking lots. My vision for our county is to utilize all available resources to determine what courses of action are needed to successfully and responsibly develop our county.
Starting on June 6th VoteAnthonyJordan.com will sponsor an all voluntary movement to beautify our county. This effort has the potential to save the county millions of taxpayer dollars, and give us all a chance to have an impact for every person in Howard County. Our first location will be at the Rte 1 flea market, where mass amounts of debris have collected over the years. Our campaign will provide gloves, garbage bags, and water available. We will start promptly at 8am and WORK HARD until 9am.
Our efforts will take place at different locations throughout the county every other Saturday from June 6th on.
I ask each of you to think about it the next time you drive around the county and see litter covering the streets, that you have the ability to help beautify the place we all call home.
Please comment with your email address, so that we can put you on our distribution list for upcoming events. I promise no spam, just opportunity.
Thank you all and see you out there
I was proud to use my first appearance in the Baltimore Sun to tell voters how committed I am to their concerns and bringing problem solving government back to our county. However, I am disappointed that Councilman Ball so easily discounts my service to our country in the United States Air Force as “limited experience” and suggests that I have “not done a great deal” in the community to warrant a council seat. I don’t intend to get into the muck of attack campaigning over the next year and a half, but I hope the quote from Councilman Ball does not reflect a discounting of the experience and leadership that comes from serving in our military. I also hope that Councilman Ball respects all of the work that is done outside of the council chamber that may go unrecognized by someone in his position. This work is what makes our county such a great place to live.
I will say that I have experience enough to know that in these times the county should use every opportunity to help keep people in their homes. In that same Howard section, there was a notice that the council will not take the opportunity of increased private development to lower our property tax bills as prescribed by the Constant Yield Tax Rate. Measures like these, no matter how small the incremental difference it may make, are irresponsible and show a hardened heart toward all of those that are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments. If I were elected to the council I would oppose such measures and use this time as an opportunity to ease the tax burdens wherever possible. I would suggest that Councilman Ball use his many appearances in our newspaper to come out against provisions like these rather than attack people like me.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Houlihan’s in Columbia (District 2)
8240 Gatway Overlook Drive
Campaign Kickoff Fundraiser for Anthony Jordan
Appetizers, Spirits, and Conversation
Please RSVP by 25 April
Make Checks out to: Anthony Jordan for County Council
Last night I sat with a room full of people who I have never met, and intently watched Glen Beck discuss a project that intends to bring people back to their roots. The 912 Project is something that everyone in the United Sates needs to take a look at and reflect on. The show touched on principles and values that were the foundation, behind the idea of a United States of America. Some how our Country has began to shift from these ideas, and I believe this is why we are in the proverbial integrity toilet. My favorite portion of the program was when Glen had his good friend Chris Gardner (man behind the true story The Pursuit of Happiness) on, and asked him where would he be if the government had stepped in and gave him a handout. Chis responded saying “not sitting here”, meaning that he would not have pushed himself to overcome the adversities in his life. He would never have become the man he told himself he would be, when he was five years old. That type of attitude is one that each of us posses somewhere within ourselves, and is the reason behind the first sentence of the Constitution, “We the people of the United States.” Regardless of where you are in your life; rich or poor, Republican or Democrat we need to STOP and take a look around us and revert back to the principles that OUR country was based on. I am making a commitment to God, Family, and Country, that I will strive each and everyday to bring our Nation back to it’s roots.
Here are the 9 priciples and 12 values
The Nine Principles
1. America is good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not .
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a , liberty and , but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
The 12 Values
9. Hard Work
11. Personal Responsibility
Anthony Jordan for County Council
7504 Cove Point Way
Elkridge, Maryland 21075
VoteAnthonyJordan.com or Jordan2010.wordpress.com
Dear fellow Howard County Residents,
I am Anthony Jordan, a resident of Howard County, and I will be running for County Councilman, District 2, in 2010. I am pledging to serve the community with integrity and honesty and also to make choices beneficial to all the people of Howard County. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know the four priorities that I will be focusing on during my campaign.
I was raised in a suburb of Flint, Michigan, by my Father, a General Motors autoworker and my Mother, a nurse at a local Doctors office. Soon after graduation I attended Eastern Michigan University where I felt a yearning to help others, especially children. I was blessed that a local Boys and Girls Club of America was gracious enough to let me help children there for the next three years. I then moved to Naples, Florida with the intentions of running a condo association owned by a family friend; however things don’t always go according to plan. This was God’s way of showing me the importance of having a plan B.
My plan B was to continue to serve the people, but on a much broader spectrum. I enlisted in the United States Air Force, and never looked back. The Air Force was where I met my beautiful wife, Amber, and paved the way for me to come to Maryland. I have lived in Howard County for the past five years and have begun to raise, what I think are the two most beautiful girls, Trinity and Faith. My family is the reason I have chosen to pursue a seat as County Councilman as I believe that I can make a positive impact on decisions that will affect my family and my community..
* My first priority is education. Over 60% of the County budget goes toward the schools, $686 million, yet we are still falling behind. Did you know that Howard County no longer has any schools is the Nations top 200 school listing? I believe that this can be fixed easily not by any tax increases, but by using money from the States speed cameras to fund an English as a Second Language (ESL) summer course.
I believe that having this course available to all incoming students with a requirement to pass the course prior to starting class in the fall would be a good first start our schools. Like the saying goes “you are only as strong as your weakest link” and when schools have children struggling to understand basic instructions, it hinders the progression and advancement of others in the class. Let all speed camera proceeds go toward educating our County school children, and bring Howard County Schools back to being the best, not only in the State, but the Nation.
* My second priority is the safety of Howard County drivers and residents. Port Capitol Drive, off Rt 1, serves as the Delta for all incoming and outgoing traffic to roughly 3000 households, yet there is no traffic light to control the chaos. I propose to add a traffic light in this location to increase the safety for all 3000 households.
* My third priority is Local businesses. I believe that in order for the economy of Howard County to thrive, changes are inevitable. Howard County has some of the most stringent advertising laws in the State. I have spoken with several District 2 business owners, and the unified complaint is the inability to advertise who they are and what services the can provide. Currently the advertising signs must be placed off the road, which most of the time takes away from visible traffic, preventing the ability to impact. I propose that all businesses, be allowed to advertise with a sign that matches their building, to keep uniformity. In the cases of strip-mall style business, a matching building sign with all tenants be allowed just off the road.
* My fourth priority is the beautification of the County. My proposal is to use the county inmates to do minor road work, litter pick-up, and tedious parks and recreation tasks that are costing the County millions of dollars. These tasks may serve as a dual purpose, it will help to beautify our community, and put our tax dollars to good use.
I ask for your support in the efforts to change the policies and laws to more positively effect Howard County growth and prosperity. Both time and financial support are needed for these efforts to become a reality, so any assistance is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss these issues.
Checks can be made out to: Anthony Jordan for County Council.
Send to: 7504 Cove Point Way, Elkridge MD, 21075